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Kurt Caselli Prepares for 2011 AMA Hare & Hound Series
AMA National Hare and Hound Season Starts
2009 Desert MC Finishers
Our buddies at Ignition3 put this little video together of Special K getting ready to go desert racing. Kurt won the first race of the 2009 season last year. It was his first ever National Hare and Hound overall win.
Kurt gave up desert racing about 10 years ago. In fact I was at the actual race where he called it quits. We were up in Nevada at the “Wells to Jackpot” race. The whole bomb run start was kind of sketchy. There was a fence line that riders had to make sure they got around, at full tilt in the dust, as well as some telephone poles.
Kurt was out practicing the start. He came back to the his van and was explaining to his dad and myself that there was a huge unmarked rock out in the middle of the start that he almost hit while practicing. You can imagine if he hit it in the race. Well, that was it. He just said ” you know what, I am done, I am not going to do this anymore”. He loaded up the bike and they headed home before the race even started. As we all know Kurt went on to focus on a very successful WORCS career.
Now I don’t want to sound like I am telling stories out of school here. Every desert racer has had that exact same sentiment at some time. It is a challenging and difficult thing to race in the desert. It takes a number of years to learn how to run with the very top riders. The reason for this? It is not because the riders are learning to go faster, it is because they are learning not to crash. It might sound a little strange, but anybody can go fast, it is learning to go that fast and not crash that is so difficult.
We will be headed out first thing in the morning to catch up with everyone and see who is riding what this year. It should be a great season out in the desert. Kendall Norman was on fire last year. David Pearson has a new ride, he won the last round of 2009 and has two BITD wins since then. David Kamo will debut the Husky. Destry is fired up for another chance at a championship. Then on top of all that there is Kurt and his factory KTM. Keep a watch out for local fast guy Jake Argubright who won the district opener last weekend.